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Sony selling DRM-free music for 66 cents

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 08 Oct 2008 3:20 User comments (13)

Sony selling DRM-free music for 66 cents In the recent years no internet music store has come even close to challenging iTunes for the number one spot. With generally every store selling songs and albums at the same price it's Apple, with the wide-spread iPod, who collects the money. However, now Sony BMG Music and Dada S.P.A. have decided to do something different by selling song for as cheap as 66 cents.
Dada.net offers consumers from the US a limited monthly download plan for a fee of $10. The user can download 15 songs from the selections of both Sony BMG Music and Universal Music Group. According to Sony, Dada.net will also feature in the future songs and artists from other major and indie labels.

The monthly fee of Dada.net will have to be paid as a part of your cell phone bill and therefore it doesn't work on all of the operators or mobile plans. Also currently the MP3s can be downloaded only to your computer, but downloading music directly to your phone will be made possible in the future.

Dada.net is only available in the United States and Sony has not yet announced any plans to expand abroad.

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13 user comments

18.10.2008 5:25
miltex
Inactive

Who knew ?

28.10.2008 9:08

monthly plan?

part of cellphone bill?

lame. but at least we are 1/3 the way to the 1 cent price point where i vowed to stop dling warez mp3's. it only took half a decade. so now we just need to wait ten more years and mp3s will be a penny.

38.10.2008 9:32

Originally posted by georgeluv:
monthly plan?

part of cellphone bill?

lame. but at least we are 1/3 the way to the 1 cent price point where i vowed to stop dling warez mp3's. it only took half a decade. so now we just need to wait ten more years and mp3s will be a penny.
true that, probably at a 1 penny price point, piracy would not even excist
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Oct 2008 @ 9:41

48.10.2008 10:35

Quote:
Originally posted by georgeluv:
monthly plan?

part of cellphone bill?

lame. but at least we are 1/3 the way to the 1 cent price point where i vowed to stop dling warez mp3's. it only took half a decade. so now we just need to wait ten more years and mp3s will be a penny.
true that, probably at a 1 penny price point, piracy would not even excist
I think even at 25 cents piracy would be almost completely stopped.

58.10.2008 10:49
varnull
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£1 for 8 songs in measly 160 or 190k mp3?.. not likely.. I prefer flac, and whole artist output for nothing thanks ;)

68.10.2008 14:42

If it was actually .66 per song and not a monthly fee even I might be inclined to use this service.
No mention of roll-overs... In other words, if I only download 5 songs, I can get the balance in another month.
And, What's this... "We'll charge your phone but you can only dl to your computer?"

.66 per song is fine... $10 a month is NOT!

78.10.2008 17:01
tyrocks00
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Wow! That's cray. I didn't know that.

88.10.2008 17:10
atomicxl
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Quote:
Originally posted by georgeluv:
monthly plan?

part of cellphone bill?

lame. but at least we are 1/3 the way to the 1 cent price point where i vowed to stop dling warez mp3's. it only took half a decade. so now we just need to wait ten more years and mp3s will be a penny.
true that, probably at a 1 penny price point, piracy would not even excist
Some people pirate just because they don't like large corporations. Others pirate because they think that anything that can be downloaded should be free by law. Others just want to see the system burn and crash.

There would be piracy even if all music was given away for free and all the artists asked was that you download it from their site.

98.10.2008 18:33

I would probably say that the majority of downloads of music from so-called "pirate" sites is done because it's the easiest way to go.
Many times they had to resort to torrents because that was the only way to get some file or program and then, while browsing a torrent site they realized they could find other stuff.
I'm sure some install a torrent client specifically for music downloads but I think alot (myself included) only have a torrent client because I could not get what I wanted in any other way and it was easy with torrent.

1010.10.2008 3:31

Crappy Sony with their DRM-crap and anti-consumer attitude.


... oh wait no ... (^_^)

1111.10.2008 14:11

still a lot easier to point and click and FREE

1213.10.2008 19:10

Quote:

Some people pirate just because they don't like large corporations. Others pirate because they think that anything that can be downloaded should be free by law. Others just want to see the system burn and crash.

There would be piracy even if all music was given away for free and all the artists asked was that you download it from their site.
AMEN. Basically, in this day in age, most kids believe anything you can download should be able to download for free. I can admit that I used to have the same mentality. However, just because you CAN download something for free doesn't mean you SHOULD.

Personally, if I like an artist, I go to their site or CD Baby and buy the song directly off their site. If it's only available on Amazon or Itunes, and I really like it, I will actually break down, and spend the 99 cents.

As a electronic dance music creator, I don't make much money from my music, but I think when I initially release it (say for the first year or 2) I should be ABLE and ALLOWED to sell my music.

1322.11.2008 14:22

66 cents seems to be an all time low as for selling single songs online. If it works for Sony then why not? Because in time of fallen sales it doesn't seem to be getting any better and sometimes you have to take what you can get because there is no other method of achieving any profit from the music sales that are already out there.

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